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The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Goodbye Swingtime album download
The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Goodbye Swingtime album download
Performer: The Matthew Herbert Big Band
Title: Goodbye Swingtime
Country: US
Released: 2003
Style: Big Band, Future Jazz, Experimental, Swing
Rating: 4.3/5
FLAC size: 1743 mb | MP3 size: 1482 mb | WMA size: 1943 mb
Genre: Electronic / Jazz

When Matthew Herbert released Goodbye Swingtime in 2003, it took a lot of his fans by surprise. Had the conceptually oriented electronica artist suddenly become a big band leader? It turns out that the move didn’t come out of nowhere; Herbert had played in a swing outfit as a teenager. Goodbye Swingtime comes off as an excellent modern big band album with a difference. The first cut, Turning Pages, seduces the listener with its lush, Gil Evans-like textures, but it’s clear that Herbert didn’t leave his conceptual leanings behind.

Goodbye Swingtime is the first studio album by The Matthew Herbert Big Band. It was released on Accidental Records in 2003. Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave the album a . out of 10, calling it "a highly original and engaging record that's also one of the last things one would expect for a producer who made his name with house music.

The Matthew Herbert Big Band can be categorized either two ways: under jazz or under electronica. Goodbye Swingtime is a wonderful prodigious child of the future and the past. It is unique in style and feeling. It's both old-time and new-time. Imagine a groundbreaking concept album in electronica but accomplished through big band (jazz orchestra) music.

Listen free to The Matthew Herbert Big Band – Goodbye Swingtime (Turning Pages, Everything's Changed and more). Recorded with sixteen musicians from the British jazz world, including saxophonists Dave O’Higgins and Nigel Hitchcock and bassist Dave Green. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.

Matthew Herbert doesn't come by his swing connections lightly. As a teenager he played keyboards in a 25-piece Glenn Miller tribute band, though it must be granted, that gig was simply one among many during an active early career. He began making music at the age of four, inspired by his father, a sound engineer for the BB. After a decade making records under several monikers, time spent exploring the music of sound in a dance context, Goodbye Swingtime - his debut at the helm of the Matthew Herbert Big Band - comes as a surprisingly trad date

In 2017, Herbert revived the big band project he launched in 2003 and enlisted multinational guest singers and big bands to record his new songs. He wanted the reboot to advance a Brexit counter-narrative, and the record even had the same deadline as Brexit-March 29-but, unlike the British government, he’s sticking to it. He enlisted local big bands around Europe for short-notice tour dates and recorded in their dressing rooms. He deployed proxies across the continent on bizarre missions. The recordings they gathered include Gibraltarian monkeys, a trumpet being deep-fried, a swimmer crossing.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Turning Pages
Other [Processing] – Jamie LidellPiano [Hohner Vibe-piano Thing] – Matthew Herbert
2 Everything's Changed
Lyrics By – Matthew HerbertVocals – Jamie LidellWritten-By [Co-Written By] – Jamie Lidell, Pete Wraight*
3 Fiction
Lyrics By – Arto Lindsay, Matthew HerbertVocals – Arto LindsayWritten-By [Co-Written By] – Arto Lindsay, Pete Wraight*
4 The Three W's
Flugelhorn – Pete Wraight*Vocals, Noises [Typing, Printing] – Mara Carlyle
5 Chromoshop
Engineer [Assistant] – John Bailey*Piano [Hohner Vibe-piano Thing] – Matthew HerbertVocals [8 Parallel Vocals] – Dani Siciliano, Shingai Shoniwa
6 The Battle
Co-producer, Other [Additional Processing] – Andi Thoma*, Jan St. WernerOrchestra [Mouthpiece Orchestra] – Pete Wraight*
7 Misprints
Engineer [Assistant] – John Bailey*Flugelhorn – Pete Wraight*Lyrics By, Guitar – Matthew HerbertNoises – Christine HadlowSoprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Dave O'HigginsVocals – Shingai Shoniwa
8 The Many And The Few
Lyrics By – Jamie Lidell, Matthew HerbertVocals – Jamie LidellWritten-By [Co-Written By] – Jamie Lidell, Peter Wraight
9 Simple Mind
Lyrics By – Matthew HerbertVocals – Dani Siciliano
10 Stationary
Bass [Additional] – Dave GreenFlugelhorn – Pete Wraight*Other [Additional Processing] – PlaidVocals [Vocal Snippets] – Dani Siciliano

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Accidental
  • Copyright (c) – Accidental
  • Mastered At – The Exchange


  • Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Simon Niblock
  • Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Howard McGill
  • Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet – Bob McKay
  • Bass – Dave Green
  • Design – Sarah Hopper
  • Directed By, Arranged By – Pete Wraight*
  • Drums – Pete Cater
  • Engineer – Chris Bolster, Paul Critchton
  • Leader [Band Fixed By] – Russell Swift
  • Mastered By – Mandy Parnell
  • Other [Music Preparation By] – Rebecca Gibson
  • Photography By [Model] – Angelo Plantamura
  • Photography By [Portrait] – Ali Mahdavi
  • Piano – Phil Parnell
  • Recorded By [Additional Recordings] – Matthew Herbert
  • Tenor Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins, Nigel Hitchcock
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Martin Williams
  • Trombone – Andy Wood , Chris Cole , Gordon Campbell, John Higginbotham
  • Trumpet – Adam Linsley, Andrew Cook, Graham Russell , Stuart Brooks
  • Tuba – John Higginbotham
  • Written-By – Matthew Herbert


All tracks written according to the rules o PCCOM (Personal Contract for the Composition of Music). All tracks recorded at Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, July 4 - 7, 2002, except track 7 recorded at Magic and Accident and track 5 recorded at Air Studios, July 2001. All additional recordings and vocals made at Magic and Accident. Mastered at The Exchange, December 12, 2002 and February 22 & 24, 2003.

Chris Bolster is an in-house engineer at Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios.
Ali Mahdavi appears courtesy of Eugenia Melian.

Track 4 contains sounds (referred to as "Noises" in the credits) of Mara Carlyle typing of the URL for the School of Americas' Watch website detailing American involvment in Latin American military dictatorships and printing of pages from the same website. Track 5 contains sound recordings of 16 supermarket shopping tills. Track 7 contains sounds (referred to as "Noises" in the credits) of a working paper guillotine operated by Christine Hadlow, courtesy of Catford Print Centre in London. Track 8 contains sounds of local phonebooks being dropped on floors by people around the world.

Released in a hard cover gatefold with a 10 page booklet (7 pages are cut out to give a pop-up book effect of a landscape) and CD wallet page attached.

***There is at least one copy of this item that has a sticker with a different barcode covering the barcode on the back panel. The code is 8 27884 00002 1. The barcode 827884000014 is the code for the vinyl version according to Amazon. The code 82788400021 is the Discogs listing for the vinyl version The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Goodbye Swingtime. It is not known right now if there are other copies of this item with this barcode sticker present on it. It is also not known who (the label? the distributor? a third party?) placed this barcode sticker on the copy that has it.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 27884 00001 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 827884000014
  • Matrix / Runout: KEY AC05
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP76
  • Mould SID Code (Var.1): IFPI 7311
  • Mould SID Code (Var.2): IFPI 4BA2

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
!K7231CD The Matthew Herbert Big Band Goodbye Swingtime ‎(CD, Album) Accidental !K7231CD US 2003
AC05 Promo The Matthew Herbert Big Band Goodbye Swingtime ‎(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Accidental AC05 Promo UK 2003
AC05LP, ac05lp The Matthew Herbert Big Band Goodbye Swingtime ‎(2xLP, Album) Accidental, Accidental AC05LP, ac05lp UK 2003

Comments (3)
Own a copy with the alternate barcode sticker on back cover.
Matthew Herbert takes his one-of-a-kind sensibility back to the Roaring ‘20s, when big band swing music was all the rage. Goodbye Swingtime combines swing jazz and abstract electronics to startling and surprising effect. The vocals (like on “Fiction”) only enhance this feel of both retro and nouveau. There’s moodiness present (“The Three W’s”) as well as wistful (“The Many and the Few”). The surreal stop-start aspect of the music is enhanced by the fact that actual musicians are playing the music, rather than using samples. It’s an album that defies expectation and raises Herbert’s work to a completely different level. In a word: outstanding.
It's really amazing to hear jamie lidell singing on tracks like evrything's changed but please do listen to it at home. i've recently play this tune at the party and no one knew what was going on. the record is worth every penny spent on thanks to surpising musical content and delightful package